What happens when yoga, photography and meditation intersect?
In the case of yoga instructor Anne Miller and photographer Jim Dukes, the answer is a stunning new book called “Pieces of the Whole,” which goes on sale Friday at Artizan.
The creative duo met briefly in 2013; several months later Jim attended a leadership program Anne co-facilitated at Tapp’s Arts Center. The workshop, which included both yoga and writing exercises, moved Jim to create a poem about his experience that day, which he sent to Anne with one of his photographs of the session.
“Jim had wanted to photograph the group as we worked, but we decided it might be too disruptive,” says Miller. “Instead, he photographed the scene, including some of the yoga props. The images turned out to be incredibly profound.”
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In his note, Jim suggested that perhaps he and Anne should collaborate on a larger project. Anne was excited about the opportunity to put into print the meditations her yoga students loved so much. Jim, who uses photography as part of his recovery program from a brain injury, was inspired to envision exceptional images.
They decided that a book would be the best way to share their experiences, and, after months of planning, “Pieces of the Whole” was published. Using dramatic images of Anne in various yoga poses and personal meditations, “Pieces of the Whole” encourages awakenings. The project is so deeply personal that Anne hand-painted the cover of each book. “I wanted the experience within the book to begin with the cover,” she explains. “Each one is unique.”
“Pieces of the Whole” will be introduced at Artizan, 1217 Bull St., Columbia on Friday at 6:30 pm. The book, framed photographs and meditation cards will be available for sale.
Katie McElveen, Special to The State